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RECORD GROUP Identifier: UAI 5.169.xx

Records of the President of Harvard University,Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953-1971


Nathan Marsh Pusey served as President of Harvard University from 1953-1971. These records document all aspects of Harvard during those years.


  • , 1953-1971


Conditions on Use and Access

University Records are restricted for 50 years from the date of creation; student records and personnel records are restricted for 80 years from the date of creation; there is no restriction on published material. Consult Harvard University Archives reference staff for details.


182 cubic feet (544 boxes)
These records document every aspect Pusey's administration during the period 1953-1971. In so doing, they also document national and international trends and events.


Nathan M. Pusey served as President of Harvard University from 1953 to 1971. His presidency produced great expansions in the endowment and infrastructure of the university, yet it is marked at either end by strife originating from political forces beyond Harvard's walls. Und er his administration, Harvard 's endowment grew from $304 million to more than $1 billion, and many new buildings were constructed. Early events in his administration include his defense of universities and academic freedom during the McCarthy Era. Toward the end of his presidency, he was faced with turbulence and student unrest arising from the Vietnam Era.

Pusey earned an A.B. degree from Harvard in 1928, an M.A. in 1932, and a Ph.D. in 1937, specializing in ancient history. Before becoming President of Harvard, he taught history at Lawrence College,Scripps College, and Wesleyan University, and served as president of Lawrence College.

Series and Subseries

  1. Annual Correspondence (510 boxes)
  2. Hunt Hall and University Hall Incidents (9 boxes)
  3. Temporary File (17 boxes)
  4. Desk Calendars (2 boxes)
  5. Speeches, Writings, and Press Releases (6 boxes)

Acquisition Information

All records were received from the Presidents Office.

Accession Number 7829, 1976 April 5

Accession Number 7857, 1976 May 17

Accession Number 7873, 1976 June 9

Accession Number 9713, 1983 April 28

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 July 15.

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives staff ca. 1976-ca. 1983. Folder lists prepared 2000-2002. This inventory compiled January 2002 by Kate Bowers and Andrea Goldstein.
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Harvard University. President's Office. Records of the President of Harvard University, Nathan Marsh Pusey, 1953-1971 : an inventory

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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